Archive for October, 2015

The Hunt for Red October: Ryan’s Tactics Book Replica

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by Staff Writer

As seen in Ryan’s briefcase while he’s packing in the opening credits:

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“I’m not an agent, I just write books for the CIA.”

Identified the fonts, set the type, estimated the size of the book from a scan, and recreated the wonky graphic of the hammer & sickle. Find a donor book, about 256 pages thick, about 6.25 x 9.25 inches, or make a dummy. Trim along the trim lines, or leave the left side untrimmed to wrap around the spine and back. Print on glossy or semi-gloss white or very light tan heavy paper.

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Tactics Cover Replica

“I know this book…”

And, Speaking of Halloween…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 31, 2015 by Staff Writer

Here is your author, dressed as Captain Marco Ramius:

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“The order is: Engage the silent drive!”

For Sale: Halloween “Jackal Lantern” Shirts

Posted in Design with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by Staff Writer

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Based loosely on an old pun, which I know I am not the first to come up with. These show the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god of the underworld, Anubis. Rather appropriate, I think.

Use the code ZAZZLETREATS to get 31% off!

BTTF II: Mattel Hoverboards, Part II!

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , on October 31, 2015 by Staff Writer

There were multiple different kinds of pink hoverboards made for the film, and they vary in materials and workmanship. Here, we can see that the handlebar hole has at least two variations, and may even be missing altogether on some boards.

Hole all the way through, possibly showing the end of the handlebars, or a mounting point for a practical hovering effect?

Hole all the way through, possibly showing the end of the handlebars, or a mounting point for a practical hovering effect?

Hole not all the way through.

Hole not all the way through. Note the substantial difference in the color of the green stripes versus the board above.

Hole all the way through, interior edges painted black?

Hole all the way through, interior edges painted black?

No hole?

No hole?

The Hunt for Red October: Officers’ Parade Caps

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2015 by Staff Writer

I’d never noticed these until my latest viewing. The senior officers have ‘parade caps’ which they almost never wear. Here we can see Dr. Petrov wearing his during the evacuation after the ‘reactor accident:’

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And here are Borodin and Ramius with theirs, which appear identical with the exception of additional gold wreaths on the bill:

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Note that these appear to be using the same badge as the ushankas, and the buttons holding the braid appear to be the same as the smaller Soviet naval buttons.

Red October: iPhone 5 BKGs

Posted in Design with tags , , , on October 30, 2015 by Staff Writer

Something I threw together quickly.

Zazzle Mug Sale: 50% Off!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 30, 2015 by Staff Writer

Use code MUGMANIA.

So many dynamos mugs!

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